I’ve had more than a couple of people ask me about the actor that plays Juliet in our dance production. She’s never seen before or after the show and nobody seems to know the avatar behind the character. So, who is the mysterious Juliet? Well, it’s actually no secret that Juliet is my alt. I created her when we unexpectedly lost the actor who was playing Juliet to… err, I’m actually not quite sure what we lost her to. But, anyway, we lost her. So after all hope was gone of seeing her again, we decided that it’d be best to move forward with a Plan B: enter Juliet Ford.
Given an infinite choice of looks, we decided we wanted a youthful yet beautiful Juliet (she was after all, only approaching 14 in the script) so I went with the [email protected] Hybrid Avatar Head Nea that I first read about on Juicy Bomb in March.
Because we are 4 people playing 5 characters, Ame and I decided to share the Juliet role with the exception of one scene.
Because Ame is on stage as Mercutio during the “Come what may” Scene, I opted to play both parts (Romeo and Juliet) during rehearsals for this scene. Yeah, it was tricky, to say the least. But with a little bit of choreography, timing and practice, it was doable so I decided to keep up the practice during the performances. It also helps that Romeo and Juliet are dancing for most of the scene, which really isn’t that hard, even while driving two avatars.
As soon as that scene finishes and the curtain closes, I walk up to the balcony and log off Juliet, whilst remaining online as Romeo. During the interstitial song (Ella Fitzgerald’s “Too Darn Hot”), Ame then logs off as Mercutio, relogs as Juliet and perches up on her famous balcony, as seen above in Strawberry Singh‘s wonderful photograph. I, as Romeo, then sneak up onto the stage to meet her, we dance and the scene ends.
The next scene has Juliet (still Ame) and I meet in her bedroom, and eventually in her bed as they make love to Jack Black’s “Let’s Get It On”. Ame then logs off Juliet at the end of that scene and begins playing Mercutio again. As soon as that happens, I log on again as Juliet.
Juliet’s next scene is with Paris and it’s set to Lily Allen’s “Never Gonna Happen”. In this scene, I play Juliet, and run away from Paris as he pursues me from the top of the audience bleachers, up and down the ballroom stairs, and finally to centre stage where we dance.
Juliet’s penultimate scene, set to Moby’s “Sleep Alone”, follows. I wrote about how that scene was constructed in another post. What I didn’t mention then however, was that I (as Romeo), actually do all the dancing in the Dressing Room, and invite Juliet to dance on my HUD. I then drive Juliet from place to place on set until she finally lies on the altar after taking the potion and falling asleep.
She remains asleep during my scene as Romeo, when I finally join her on the altar dead. She rises up, sees her lover dead, and kills herself with his dagger.
For the encore scene, I continue playing both Romeo and Juliet (we’re dead on the altar for much of it so it’s dead easy). Finally, we each run down onto centre stage and dance with the ensemble cast to Queen’s “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”, and the final curtain closes, finishing the performance.
To date, I’ve noticed that most people who take photographs of the show share photos of Juliet’s “Sleep Alone” scene. I can see why. The music, the ballet, the set, it’s all just a wonderful chemically-influenced dream of a young girl’s love-sick subconscious, that we get the shortest of chances to witness. Whilst this was last scene we completed, it now stands as my favourite one just for its beauty and emotion.
Please join us tonight, for our third performance of Romeo and Juliet at the Basilique Playhouse. This will be our first performance targeted at an American audience. It will start promptly at 5pm SLT – so don’t miss it! Seating is limited to 30 avatars, so lighten up on those scripts and get there early to claim your seat!
- An Interview with Cloe Nyn with photography by Strawberry Singh (canarybeck.com)
- Romeo and Juliet: Opening Night Reviews are in! (thebasilique.wordpress.com)
- The Night Before Romeo and Juliet (canarybeck.com)